Who could have thought that AI could have anything to do with creativity? Thinking forward to Beethoven’s 10th symphony? Telekom, of course. On the occasion of the Beethoven year 2020, Telekom dared to attempt this unique experiment: to complete Ludwig van Beethoven’s 10th Symphony with the help of artificial intelligence. Naturally, AI did not compose the piece alone. Ten music and AI professionals participated in “Beethoven X – The AI Project” and completed the 10th Symphony together. The world premiere with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under the direction of General Music Director, Dirk Kaftan, took place in Bonn on October 9, 2021.
How human is AI? Can it engage our emotions? While AI can learn a lot and very quickly, handle a lot of data, recognize connections, form hypotheses and find errors, it doesn’t know what feels right. It follows the rules we set for it and can help us recognize previously unrecognized patterns. Its results are good to very good, but never divine. It cannot master melody. Only Beethoven can do that. But the results of AI inspire creativity in artists.
I would like us to view new technologies as an opportunity, which requires humans and machines to work together.